Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

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Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Quite a lot of people remember the famous ash clouds that grounded aircraft in 2010. Even the name of the eruption site in Iceland became widely known as the volcano that cannot be pronounced. Believe me I have had many Icelandic people say it to me slowly here but alas I still cannot say it properly.

Well, today was a great day for me, I had the opportunity to hike up to the point of the initial eruption. A unique experience to see the surrounding from on high and at source from a very very young eruption.

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iceland trek 205 Iceland   A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

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Brisk was the pace as we made our way up onto wild landscape. It wasn’t long at all before the glaciers appeared before us. Seeing the settled ash so close up and settled on the glaciers was a strange sight. It leads you on to higher things.

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iceland trek 221 Iceland   A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Climb further upwards and down the valleys beside you can be seen the brand new lava flows. Steam rising off them showing that even though a year old the heat of the earth is showing itself. Imagine the heat at the time?!

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And there it was, the initual eruption site. Smokey, new and lava filled.

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What a great spot for lunch! Even up here you did not have to worry about a cold seat, the lava filled ground is full of spots where the heat still fills the ground. To sit and stare at brand new volcanoes, brand new lava fields and the power of it all was very much something that I will never forget.

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iceland trek 263 Iceland   A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

The hike up was a feast on the eyes, views that kept me in awe. Variety in abundance and a spectacular unique natural landscape too feast the mind and eyes on at the top. Iceland has truly taken a place in my heart and I have lots more to tell.

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I want to show you sights from this week whilst I have been on the 60 km of the Laugavagur Trail. A magnificent feast for the eyes, feet and mind. Had plenty of wow moments…

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Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

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23 Responses to "Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull"

  1. Lorna  June 17, 2012 at 14:36

    You make me want to revisit Iceland, your photos are spectacular and it must have been incredible to visit that particular spot. It’s a wonderful country, you have to see it for yourself I think, to appreciate all the subtle colours in the landscape and breathe in the lovely fresh air. Magnificent!

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  2. Pamela  March 30, 2012 at 05:12

    Stunning. I love how the green really pops in comparison to the harsh volcanic background.

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  3. Out Walking the Dog  March 13, 2012 at 21:55

    Stunning. I was in Iceland once very briefly many years ago, and have always wanted to go back. Your photos remind me why.

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  4. Cynthia  February 14, 2012 at 15:09

    This had to be the most amazing hike and the photos show it. Simply Spectacular!

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  5. JANET LAWSON  August 15, 2011 at 19:00

    Tks
    for sharing these wonderful pics!

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